Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. Wilson Mbadi had a crucial message for recently promoted senior officers of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF): promotions come with added responsibilities towards the nation and the army. During their decoration ceremony at the defense ministry headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala on October 31, 2023, General Mbadi reminded the officers that their new ranks reflect their seniority, authority, and the responsibility inherent in the chain of command.
These officers had been promoted from the rank of lieutenant colonel to colonel following their elevation by the President and Commander-in-Chief on October 3, 2023. The ceremony served as recognition of their dedication and service to the military, characterized by traits such as discipline, loyalty, integrity, selfless service, personal courage, and patriotism. General Mbadi urged them to maintain their physical fitness to meet the demands of their new positions.
Beyond individual qualities, the CDF called upon these officers to uphold UPDF’s pro-people code of conduct. He emphasized the importance of avoiding actions that could harm the Force’s unity and effectiveness. In doing so, he underlined that promotions in the military bring both privileges and obligations to serve the nation.
General Mbadi also expressed his appreciation for the sacrifices made by the officers’ families and spouses. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in enabling these officers to fulfill their duties effectively.
Brig. Gen. Wycliffe Keita, the commandant of the Uganda Military Academy-Kabamba, conveyed the gratitude of the promoted generals and senior officers. He praised the Commander-in-Chief’s guidance and CDF Mbadi’s leadership, which has played a significant role in their professional growth and the strengthening of the UPDF as an institution. The officers expressed their readiness to embrace the challenges and opportunities that accompany their new ranks.
Among those decorated at the ceremony were Brigadier Generals: Jimmy Musoke, John Patrick Otongo, James Muhwezi, Richard Rubongoya, Wycliffe R. Keita, and 17 colonels.
The event was attended by notable figures, including deputy CDF Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, Joint Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Leopold Kyanda, commissioner of human resources Alfred Cox Anguzu, service chiefs of staff, service chiefs, generals, and senior officers. General Mbadi’s address served as a reminder that promotions in the UPDF are not only a recognition of past accomplishments but also a call to serve with increased responsibility and accountability.